It's March already, begorra! Time to check your wardrobe and your jewelry box for something green to wear on St Patrick's Day on March 17. Better yet, make yourself some shamrock  jewelry.

The shamrock is actually a 3-leaf clover of the Trifolium species. The ancient druids in Ireland believed 3 was a mystical number and regarded the plant as sacred. There doesn't appear to be much evidence for the story of how St Patrick referred the three leaves to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit of the Holy Trinity.

The 4 leaf clover shouldn't be confused with the shamrock.The fourth (or even more) leaflet is due to a plant's genetic mutation. It is an uncommon find so it is popularly thought to bring you luck if you found one accidentally. There are estimated to be 10,000 3 leaf clovers to every 1 four leaf clover.

I have included 4 leaf clover designs here because sometimes it is possible to convert to shamrock designs and vice versa.

Want more dazzle than that? Then try the sparkly shamrock brooch tutorial by A Fanciful Twist. It's quick and easy. You could use different shades of green too.  Via

If you have any spare green yarn and like a quick project, try Vickie Howell's knitted shamrock brooch tutorial. I like how she bejewels the finished piece!

Crafters will also be delighted with the felt shamrock pin tutorial by the Stitcher Scribbler.  Via

Tammy Powley's 4 leaf clover earrings are just lovely if you like wire work. Just omit one leaflet if you want to convert the lower charms to a shamrock rather than a 4 leaf clover.

My Daily Bead has a set of video tutorials on how to make this awesome four leaf clover beaded ring.

I really like the use of heart beads to form this lucky 4 leaf clover wire pendant or charm instructional design from Favecrafts. Consider omitting one of the hearts and doing a bit of wire work to convert this one to a shamrock.

Favecrafts also went with the hearts idea and expanded it to a full shamrock necklace tutorial.

Crafts for all seasons has a polymer clay shamrock tutorial if you'd like to form the shamrock yourself.

Favecrafts has this neat lucky clover pendant necklace tutorial for those of you who like crafts.

Did you know?
Besides Ireland, the only two other places St Patrick's Day is a public holiday is the Canadian province of Newfoundland & Labrador and the tiny island of Montserrat in the Caribbean? That's due to past Irish immigration there.

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